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LTSC Welcomes Affordable Housing Coalition and Mayor Garcetti to Casa Heiwa for ‘No on S’ Rally

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017

Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third Street, G106
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact: Mark Robbins 213-473-1650

LTSC Welcomes Affordable Housing Coalition and Mayor Garcetti to Casa Heiwa for ‘No on S’ Rally

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, LTSC and allies gathered to speak out against Measure S, a controversial ballot initiative that threatens to block construction of new affordable and homeless housing in LA. Mayor Eric Garcetti, an outspoken opponent of Measure S, led the rally at LTSC’s Casa Heiwa courtyard.

“We can’t afford to keep people on the street,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We can’t afford to keep rents rising . . . So I am coming here today to speak loudly and clearly with this coalition of everyday Angelenos, of workers, of our business community to say no on Measure S on March 7.”

“If it passes, Measure S will have many devastating impacts,” warned LTSC’s Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi. “It will make it more difficult for poor, working and middle class families to afford housing in the nation’s least affordable housing market.”

Matsubayashi explained how the construction of Casa Heiwa, the site of the rally and one of LTSC’s first affordable housing projects, would not have been possible if Measure S restrictions were in place at the time. Completed in 1996, Casa Heiwa was the first housing project built in Little Tokyo in 75 years. Casa Heiwa now houses over 350 residents.

LTSC is part of a coalition of housing rights advocates and community groups representing low-income residents in Los Angeles. See the coalition’s statement on Measure S: http://bit.ly/2jv7RUS

Measure S will appear on the March 7, 2017 city ballot.

 
Workshops on Preparing for Death and Financial Planning to be Held in Gardena, February 4 and March 4

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2017

Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third Street, G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact: Jessica Kanai, 213-473-3035

Workshops on Preparing for Death and Financial Planning to be Held in Gardena, February 4 and March 4

Little Tokyo Service Center will host a free workshop for seniors, their families, and caregivers on Saturday, February 4 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. A representative from Fukui Mortuary will discuss practical tips on how to plan for death. Additionally, a representative from the Financial Planning Association of Los Angeles will provide specific information on what to do immediately after the death or injury of a loved one and how to handle the long-term financial implications of death or injury.

Even when it’s expected, handling the details immediately after the death of a loved one can be like navigating uncharted territory. But it doesn’t have to be. Come to LTSC’s “Preparing for Death” workshop on February 4 and learn about the decisions families have to make, expenses associated with death and who to call for more information when you need it.

The second workshop will be held on March 4 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. Little Tokyo Service Center is working with the Foundation for Financial Planning to offer free one-on-one sessions with professionals from the Financial Planning Association. The individual sessions will cover a wide range of personal finance topics such as budgeting, credit and debt, retirement, taxes, estate planning, small business and more. Japanese interpretations will be provided if needed. There are a limited number of 30-minute sessions so pre-registration is required. To register, please visit the website www.LTSC.org and sign up, or call LTSC at 213-473-3035.

 
家族の死に備えるための無料ワークショップとファイナンシャルプランナーとの無料個人相談が2月4日と3月4日にガーデナで行われます

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2017

リトル東京サービスセンター
231 E Third Street, G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013

連絡先: ジェシカ金井

家族の死に備えるための無料ワークショップとファイナンシャルプランナーとの無料個人相談が2月4日と3月4日にガーデナで行われます

リトル東京サービスセンター(LTSC)は 2月4日土曜日午後2時から3時半まで、高齢者とその家族、そしてケアギバー(介護人)の方を対象にした無料ワークショップをガーデナバレー日本文化会館で催します。このワークショップでは、福井葬儀社の代表者が、家族の死に備えるために必要な手続きについて分かりやすく説明いたします。また、Financial Planning Association of Los Angelesから代表者が参加し、家族がけがをしたり、亡くなった際にすべきこと、また長期的な財政管理などについてなどお話します。

大切な家族の死後 、さまざまな手続きをするのは大変なことです。 いざという時に困らないためにも、2月4日に行なわれる ワークショップに参加して、家族が決めなくてはいけないことや、亡くなった際にかかる費用について、またもっと情報が必要な際誰に電話をしたら良いのかなど学んでみてはいかがでしょうか。

2つ目のワークショップは3月4日午後2時から4時半まで、ガーデナバレー日本文化会館で行われます。LTSCは財政計画財団と協力し、公認のファイナンシャルプランナーと1対1で相談できる機会を設けました。 この個人相談では、予算の立て方から貸借、退職、税金、住宅プラン、小ビジネスなど、広範囲にわたって個人資産項目について相談できます。日本語通訳が必要な方には通訳を提供いたします。30分と限られたのため、電話にて事前予約をお願いします。 登録する際は、ウェブサイトwww.LTSC.orgあるいは電話213-473-3035にてお願いします。

 
CAUSE, LTSC, and GVJCI to Host Voter Information Workshop Focusing on the General Election

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2016

Media Contact:
Michelle Yamashiro
GVJCI Program Manager
Phone: 310-324-6611
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CAUSE, LTSC, and GVJCI to Host Voter Information Workshop Focusing on the General Election

Gardena, CA – Changes to healthcare, taxes, and other laws are at stake! To learn more about the California ballot propositions being decided upon during the November 8th general elections, the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE), Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) will be holding a Voter Information workshop at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall (1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247) on Saturday September 24th, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

This voter education session will be geared primarily towards Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking seniors who are seeking easily accessible information about voter registration and voter re-registration, in addition to absentee ballot information, ballot propositions and other information regarding the November 8th General Election.

This voter education session will be geared primarily towards Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking seniors who are seeking easily accessible information about voter registration and voter re-registration, in addition to absentee ballot information, ballot propositions and other information regarding the November 8th General Election.

To RSVP for this event please visit the following link: http://tinyurl.com/SBVoterWorkshop You may also RSVP via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (213) 617-8596.

“The stakes are at an all-time high for Asian Pacific American communities in the November 2016 elections. CAUSE is proud to work with LTSC and GVJCI to ensure that our senior and limited-English proficient voters have access to the resources they need to make their voices heard this election cycle.” - CAUSE Board Chair Charlie Woo

" GVJCI is excited to work with CAUSE and LTSC in a program targeted toward Asian Pacific American Communities in the South Bay. We are proud to be able to host this workshop in multiple languages to ensure that that our communities have the tools and resources they need this upcoming November election." – GVJCI Program Manager Michelle Yamashiro

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Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For press inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . General information can be obtained from our website, www.causeusa.org. Our offices are located at 260 S. Los Robles Ave., #115 Pasadena, CA 91101.

The Little Tokyo Service Center, a social service and community economic development agency, has been “helping people and building community” for over 35 years. LTSC provides a wide range of services to the greater Los Angeles community, which include but are not limited to: emergency assistance, counseling & support groups, low-income housing, childcare, information referral, crisis hotlines and much more.

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community center housing various classes, services and programs for seniors, non-senior adults, and youth in the South Bay for over 4o years. Our mission is to serve the needs of the local Japanese American community through educational, cultural, and social programs that share the Japanese and Japanese American cultural heritage.

For more information visit us at jci-gardena.org, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call us at (310) 324-6611. Our offices are located at 1964 w. 162nd st. Gardena, CA 90247.

 
Grand Opening Ceremony for Long-Awaited Housing Development Durae Senior Apartments to provide affordable housing for Low-Income Seniors in gentrifying Koreatown, Los Angeles

For Immediate Release
Sept 1, 2016

Media Contact: Laura Blosser, Project Manager
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Phone: 213-473-1691

Grand Opening Ceremony for Long-Awaited Housing Development Durae Senior Apartments to provide affordable housing for Low-Income Seniors in gentrifying Koreatown, Los Angeles

Friday, September 9, 2016 – Koreatown, Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, CA) On September 9, 2016 Little Tokyo Service Center and the Korean Resource Center will celebrate the completion of Durae Senior Apartments. Durae Senior Apartments provides 67 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors on two separate sites in the Koreatown/Wilshire neighborhood. 16 of the units are studios, 49 are one-bedroom units, and two one-bedroom manager’s units. The Korean Resource Center will provide culturally specific services for the senior residents, many of whom are monolingual Korean-speaking. The lack of senior specific affordable housing has been one of the main obstacles to dignified lives for low-income seniors particularly as housing prices continue to rise in Los Angeles. The building establishes a new precedent for what can be achieved in gentrifying communities of color in Los Angeles.

“Durae” is a Korean word that roughly describes the ancient agrarian practice of community barn-raising. The spirit of helping one another is apt for Durae Senior Apartments, where it took a village to build this senior affordable housing complex, which was nearly ten years in the making. After surviving the Great Recession, it is now part of the solution to the local housing crisis. Little Tokyo Service Center was able to weather the foreclosure crisis with a two-pronged approach: adding a third development partner and acquiring an additional site, which provided an economy of scale as well as a net increase in the total number of units. Koreatown, historically known for affordable rent-controlled apartments, has been experiencing a wave of gentrification with new luxury apartments under construction in recent years, exacerbating the housing crisis. Durae Senior Apartments received over 3,000 applications in just 17 days. This extreme demand for affordable housing is evidence of the dire importance of increasing housing available, especially for more vulnerable populations like seniors.

All units are affordable for seniors (ages 62 and above) with income ranges from 30% to 50% of the average median income of Los Angeles County. Design of the Durae Crenshaw House building integrates seamlessly with the neighborhood’s mixed zoning by combining a strong façade fronting Crenshaw with a more residential-friendly courtyard at the site’s core. Each apartment building includes secured subterranean parking, a large landscaped central courtyard, on-site laundry facilities and a community room with a kitchen. In addition, a property management office is located on the ground floor. The building has been designed to accommodate seniors at different stages in the aging process with various physical abilities. Individual units have grab bars, are pre-wired for emergency call systems and have no slip surfaces. It is projected that Durae Senior Apartments will exceed California’s Energy Efficiency Standards by over 20%.

In addition to providing high quality housing, the development offers community and social service space to its residents. On-site resident services provided by Korean Resource Center will include social and cultural services for seniors to maintain an active and connected lifestyle and provide any needed referrals to off-site health services. A resident manager will also live on-site to assist residents capable of independent living.

With a total development cost of nearly $26 million, Durae Senior Apartments would not have been possible without numerous funding partners including the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, California Department of Housing and Community Development: Infill Infrastructure Grant, Housing and Community Investment Department of the City of Los Angeles, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Citi Bank, CRA/LA, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco: Affordable Housing Program, MUFG Union Bank, and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles. The Housing and Community Investment Department of the City of Los Angeles provided almost $8 million in funding, and Union Bank provided $10 million in tax credit equity investment.

Development Team

Lead Developer: ​Little Tokyo Service Center
Co-Developer: ​Decro Alpha Corporation
Co-Developer & Service Provider: Korean Resource Center
Architect: ​Carde-Ten Architects
General Contractor: ​Walton Construction Services, Inc.

Little Tokyo Service Center, a social service and community economic development agency, has been making positive change for people and places for over 35 years. LTSC provides bilingual social services, preserves the historic Little Tokyo neighborhood, provides a safety net of services for families and is a leader in community development. For more information, please contact Takao Suzuki at (213) 473-1606 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Korean Resource Center was founded in 1983 to empower low-income immigrants, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and people of color communities in Southern California. Using a holistic approach, KRC strives to empower our community by integrating services, education, culture, organizing, and coalition building, all of which seek to improve the life of the individual and the community.